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Renaissance Festival opens on October 11

Renaissance Festival last year participants.
Renaissance Festival last year participants.

New events blend with traditional fun & mirth

TODD MISSION – The 40th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival will open next weekend, starting on Saturday, Oct. 11. The festival is the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park, open every Saturday, Sunday and thanksgiving from Friday, Oct. 11 through Nov. 30th.

In addition, students and teachers may come for the 10th Annual School Days, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 and 5.

Each weekend, the Texas Renaissance Festival makes merry with a special theme: Oktoberfest, 1001 Dreams, All Hallows Eve, Pirate Adventure, Roman Baccanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling, and a 3 day Celtic Christmas. Each weekend offers unique entertainment, special contests, and food events tied to the theme.

Find out how to have a little fun on the weekends from October 11 until November 30 at 21778 FM 1774 in Todd Mission, Texas.

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North Channel Chamber hears Port Authority Talk by Guenther

Port of Houston CEO Roger Guenther, left, updated the Chamber on recent activities and future goals of the Port. He was introduced by Chamber Chair Greg Ollis, right.
Port of Houston CEO Roger Guenther, left, updated the Chamber on recent activities and future goals of the Port. He was introduced by Chamber Chair Greg Ollis, right.

The North Channel Chamber got an inside look at the importance of the Port of Houston, from its CEO Roger Guenther, at their luncheon last Friday.

The ship channel is celebrating its Centennial, having been founded in the year 1914. Guenther has been the CEO for less than a year, but he actually has worked for the Port for over 25 years, he said. He was a native of Baytown originally, and very familiar with activities along the coast.

Guenther said that the purpose of the POHA is to facilitate commerce, and to create jobs. It is a government entity, having been set up 100 years ago by the state of Texas.

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Stephens Memorial hosts hopes, efforts to save lives

Martha Lopez Anderson of ParentHeartWatch.org, Scott Stephens, Melody Setphens, Wilton C. Schexnayder, Connie Schexnayder, Auctioneer Bill Busby, Kay and Richard Schexnayder of Oilwell Tubular Consultants, the top buyers and corporate sponsors for the second year in a row.
Martha Lopez Anderson of ParentHeartWatch.org, Scott Stephens, Melody Setphens, Wilton C. Schexnayder, Connie Schexnayder, Auctioneer Bill Busby, Kay and Richard Schexnayder of Oilwell Tubular Consultants, the top buyers and corporate sponsors for the second year in a row.

CROSBY – The Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation “Go Big or Go Home” Banquet and Auction brought together the best of east Harris County in optimism and efforts to save the lives of young athletes.

About 450 people attended the banquet and among these were represented most of the organizations and groups that are involved in one way or the other in improving life locally. The Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation is about saving young athlete’s lives by testing for Sudden Death (S.D.) or Sudden Cardiac Arrest due to heart conditions. The foundation and others are promoting testing called an E.C.G. and having that test reviewed by a cardiologist. The Foundation has helped numerous schools throughout Texas fund the testing and has enlisted the help of hospitals and cardiologists in making the test more affordable.

During the event, Scott Stephens, father of Cody, displayed the new E.C.G. devise that can be used to perform the test. It is now about as big as the new I-tablets that people use for computer work mobilely now. It once was wheeled in within a cart about 4 feet high.

What began as a effort to get more testing done in local schools for S.D. has become an effort to have the test performed statewide to save more than the eight lives that can be verified since the extra testing has been begun.

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Galena Park observes National Night Out

From GP ISD, Ken Wallace, Maria Rodriguez, & Angi Williams
From GP ISD, Ken Wallace, Maria Rodriguez, & Angi Williams

Galena Park held a National Night Out party on Tuesday night, and hundreds of folks turned out to meet their neighbors and have a pleasant evening.

The event was held at 1407 Holland, in front of the Shafii Event Center, and was sponsored by the Galena Oaks Subdivision, with help from Cruz Hinojosa, Raul Rodriguez, Juan Flores, and Lulac Council 4703.

Activities that were present and enjoyed by all included displays from the GP Fire Department, GP Police Department, Lulac 4703, GPHS Interact Rotary Club, GPHS Lulac Youth Council, and more.

Activities included free food and popcorn, Moon Walk, Face Painting by airbrush, Live Cartoon Characters, SER Jobs for Progress, Voter Registration, and at least two bands.

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HEALTH DANGER TO NORTH CHANNEL; Jackie Young urges action on waste pits

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST JACKIE YOUNG leads a discussion about the current status of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, and remediation schemes. She is shown with a slide of Houston Chronicle Cartoonist Nick Anderson, illustrating the idea that the perpetrators of the dump site are protecting themselves, not the public. Young was a resident of Highlands who suffered serious health problems from toxic well water. She feels that the waste pits in the river pose a serious threat to the public, and has joined two organizations that are working to eliminate the site and its toxins from the river.
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST JACKIE YOUNG leads a discussion about the current status of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, and remediation schemes. She is shown with a slide of Houston Chronicle Cartoonist Nick Anderson, illustrating the idea that the perpetrators of the dump site are protecting themselves, not the public. Young was a resident of Highlands who suffered serious health problems from toxic well water. She feels that the waste pits in the river pose a serious threat to the public, and has joined two organizations that are working to eliminate the site and its toxins from the river.

HIGHLANDS – On the eve of a trial that Harris County is pursuing against the companies that are responsible for the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River, environmental activist Jackie Young chose to hold a public forum to review the status of remediation efforts, and to push for more involvement from the community in government efforts to clean-up the river and the environment in general.

Young is vitally interested in this issue, because her family lived in Highlands for years, and suffered serious health issues which finally were blamed on toxins in their well water.

Now she works with Texans Together and the San Jacinto River Coalition, to educate the public and lobby for more government effort to clean up the environment.

Wednesday’s meeting was attended by about seventy-five people, at the community center. On hand were many residents of the area that had experienced health problems and were seeking answers and help to deal with them. There was also a contingent of private lawyers, talking with people about their situations, and looking for potential clients.

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National Night Out

national night out 2014The citizens of Galena Park Oaks are having a National Night Out on October 7, 2014 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

The event will take place at 1407 Holland, Galena Park, TX., 77547. They are expecting around 100-150 people to be in attendance. Police department, fire department, local school, nonprofits and various other groups will assist this event.

The Galena Park Oaks Subdivision is looking to bring the neighborhood and city together, so the community can be safer.

Come out have fun, enjoy music and food as well as giveaways.

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Career Fair held at San Jacinto College North

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A WELL ATTENDED JOB FAIR was held Wednesday in the Monument Room of the Student Center at San Jacinto College North. Students looking for information or opportunities had about 50 exhibitor companies to talk to. In the view above, recruiters from BMW, Texas DPS, placement services, communications companies, computer programmers, and healthcare fields were all present to meet with prospective students and answer questions about their companies.

Rotary holds successful “Community Rally” in Galena Park

A VERY SKILLFUL CARICATURE ARTIST was on hand to leave you with a drawing of a familiar face -- yours.
A VERY SKILLFUL CARICATURE ARTIST was on hand to leave you with a drawing of a familiar face — yours.

GALENA PARK – A successful “Community Rally” was held at Baggett Center last Saturday, Sept. 27. Hundreds of area residents attended, for fun, health screenings, and food distribution.

Maria Rodriguez, president of the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club, thanked all the supporters, including Galena Park ISD, Community Health Choice, Galena Park, Jacinto City, and Constable Chris Diaz for their partnership in this event.

The Rally included health screenings by several organizations, application help for CHIP and Medicaid, a Job Fair, Food distribution by the North Channel Ministries, Entertainment including GPISD performers, a drum line, a mariachi band, live DJ’s, and more.

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CHANNELVIEW: Congressman Gene Green tours TransCanada Houston Tank Farm

Congressman Green listens to a project overview at the TransCanada Houston Tank Terminal to Channelview. The Houston Terminal will become an integrated component of the Keystone Pipeline System to supply our East Harris County Refinery Complex.
Congressman Green listens to a project overview at the TransCanada Houston Tank Terminal to Channelview. The Houston Terminal will become an integrated component of the Keystone Pipeline System to supply our East Harris County Refinery Complex.
Congressman Green inspects the construction of a storage tank. The project is expected to have initial storage capacity for 700,000 barrels of crude oil.
Congressman Green inspects the construction of a storage tank. The project is expected to have initial storage capacity for 700,000 barrels of crude oil.

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SHIP CHANNEL

Centennial celebration is a Family Festival

An outdoor family festival will take place this Saturday, September 6, 2014 to highlight the 100th anniversary of the official opening of the deepwater channel. The festival is to honor the East Side and surrounding ship channel communities. The hands-on celebration will feature special maritime exhibits, interactive elements, hands-on demonstrations and art and entertainment provided by local schools and community organizations.

Educational activities and attractions will range from tours of the M/V Sam Houston, the Port Authority’s tour boat, to a tug boat tug-of-war.

Additionally, toy sailboat games, face painting, treasure hunts and a variety of food will be featured. An interactive antique fire boat also will be on hand.

The Centennial Family Festival is free and open to the community, but attendees must pre-register to obtain tickets, which will include a pre-determined time slot for arrival. The festival will be held at the Bayport Cruise Terminal located at 4700 Cruise Road in Pasadena from 2 pm to 6 pm.To register go to: http://promotehoustonshipchannel2014.org/

You may call the Community Information Line at 713-670-1000 with any questions.

EMMETT MAKES PROPOSAL TO SAVE ASTRODOME

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World’s Largest Indoor Park to fulfill Hoffheinz’ Vision

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced a proposal this afternoon to convert the Harris County Domed Stadium – known worldwide as The Astrodome – into the world’s largest indoor park and recreation center. Emmett unveiled his proposal from the floor of the Dome, which he described as the realization of Judge Roy Hofheinz’s “vision of the future.”

“I believe it is time to put forth a new vision for the future of the Dome,” Emmett said. “With that in mind, I am suggesting that we explore the concept of creating an indoor park and recreation area inside the Dome for the people of Harris County. The world’s largest indoor park.”

Emmett has been exploring the indoor park concept with local officials, stakeholders and interested parties for the past couple months, seeking input and suggestions and refining the idea. While details of the concept are still being refined, Emmett suggested leaving it open to the public except when in use by tenants like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Offshore Technology Conference, or others. He also recommended including a large, open green space that would be perfect for festivals and other community gatherings. Emmett also proposed having a pavilion for music and other events and sporting facilities from archery ranges to hiking and biking trails.

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